GFO-19-309 – California Flexible Load Research and Deployment Hub

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Closed (6 total applications submitted)
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The purpose of this solicitation is to fund a single awardee to establish the California Flexible Load Research and Deployment Hub  to conduct applied research and development and technology demonstration and deployment projects that develop and increase the use and market adoption of advanced flexible demand technologies and strategies as electric grid resources and facilitate integration of distributed energy resources.


These projects will increase end-use demand flexibility, reduce dependence on fossil generation for firming renewable resources, enhance grid stability, and help resolve reliability issues related to achieving California’s renewable generation, electrification, and decarbonization goals.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

This solicitation is open to all public and private entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the CEC may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.

Eligible Geographies:

Geographic: California  Disadvantaged & Low-income Communities (optional for extra points) While it is not required to complete the project within a Low-Income or Disadvantaged Community, demonstration projects located and benefiting Disadvantaged and/or Low-Income Communities will be considered under the scoring criteria for this GFO.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match funding is required in the amount of at least $1,800,000 of the requested project funds.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Until funds expire 

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$12,000,000 – $16,000,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

This solicitation will award projects funded by the EPIC, an electricity ratepayer surcharge established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December 2011. The purpose of the EPIC program is to benefit the ratepayers of three investor-owned utilities (IOUs), Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Diego Gas and Electric Co., and Southern California Edison Co.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds are issued on a reimbursement basis.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Douglas Harvey, 1-916-654-4747,